Gender, Masculinities and Transition in Conflicted Societies
Fionnuala D. Ni Aolain
University of Minnesota Law School; Ulster University - Transitional Justice Institute; University of Ulster - Transitional Justice Institute
December 4, 2009
New England Law Review, Forthcoming
Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 09-49
This article uses a gender lens to explore how conflict affects men and women differently. It examines issues related to the emergence of certain kinds of hyper masculinity in situations of conflict and how such masculinities continue to function in subsequent peace-building attempts. The article argues that a failure to account for and be cognizant of these specific masculinities has a significant effect for women in particular, and, more generally, on the success of the conflict transition process. Finally, we show how using a gender lens could make a difference by considering the specific example of the impact of violent masculinities on disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration programs.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 34
Keywords: gender, masculinity, conflict, peace-building, disarmament, demobilization, reintegration, feminism
Date posted: December 9, 2009
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